published Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

TSA opens Chattanooga screening site for air travelers

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    In this Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007, file photo, a belt and shoes sit in a trays with advertising that is being used in the safety screening of travelers done by the Transportation Security Administration, at the Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The Transportation Security Administration has opened a site in Chattanooga to permit expedited passenger screening so air travelers can avoid time-consuming steps to pass through airport security checkpoints.

Called the TSA Pre✓ Application Program, it allows travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and have some liquids and gels bag in a carry-on bag.

The center is located at 6231 Perimeter Drive, Suite 177. Its hours are Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents will now be able to go through a pre-enrollment process online at, make an appointment and complete their enrollment at the application center to verify their identity, present documentation to confirm their citizenship and immigration status and provide fingerprints, according to TSA.

Applicants with questions can contact the Universal Enrollment Call Center at 1-855-347-8371 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

TSA is currently in the process of expanding to more than 300 application centers across the country.

See Thursday’s Times Free Press for more.

about Mike Pare...

Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...

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